Contact

Food Topics

Savory Sweet Corn

Summer in the Midwest is celebrated with delicious sweet corn. Sold on the corner of country roads or grown in backyard gardens, it is the iconic symbol of summer much like the watermelon. It is a staple of the midsummer table. Corn on the cob is simple to prepare and simple ...read more

Simple Summer Entertaining

Summer is when we find ourselves gathering more, around a warm fire on a cool summer night or around a grill. The act of gathering with family, friends or our community is such an important part of our wellbeing. Studies show that the more we gather in groups, the healthier we ...read more

Peas Please

Here in the Midwest, summertime is full of fresh foods. Snap peas and garden peas, which are climbing legume plants, are easy to prepare. Enjoy them cooked or raw right from the vine. The Snap Pea Peas are divided into two categories: edible pod or inedible pod. These cool season vegetables ...read more

Asparagus Season

Spring conjures up thoughts of warmer weather and asparagus. Asparagus is a versatile and nutritious vegetable that can be cooked a variety of ways. About Asparagus Varieties include green, purplish or purple green, or European White. Treat asparagus like flowers, trimming the ends. Store stalks upright in water or wrap ends ...read more

Beneficial Beans

In the Leishman Center we love to feature beans in our classes. These mighty plant proteins are so versatile. They provide many health benefits to the diet plus come in a multitude of easy to use forms. Canned, dried, or frozen they are ready to deliver a great combination of protein ...read more

Heart Healthy Lifestyle

February is the perfect month to take care of your heart. Emotionally and physically. Valentine’s Day and the American Heart Association honor this month to remind us of the importance of a healthy lifestyle that supports healthy hearts. Exercise as simple as a nice walk daily. Diet that does not include processed foods. ...read more

Cooking is Comfort

As we settle in for winter and quiet ourselves after the holiday bustle, take some time to be in the kitchen, the heart center of the home. Comfort yourself and others with food that is simple, yet feeds your soul. Long simmering stews or soups are perfect for this task, plus ...read more

Holiday Baking

Holidays in the kitchen mean baking. We love to bake and here in the Leishman Center a little something sweet is looked forward to by our students. There are many alternatives to the traditional bleached white flour and bleached white sugar that offer not only nutritional benefits but more complex flavor ...read more

Fruit Crisp for Any Season

In the Leishman Center we emphasize cooking with the seasons while also encouraging freezing or canning seasonal fruits for winter enjoyment. Fruit crisps are a great way to use these delicious fruits. Crisps are quick to prepare and great to satisfy the after dinner sweet craving while suitable for breakfast or ...read more

Zucchinipalooza

The season of plentiful zucchini Looking for another use of your garden zucchini? It’s that time of year when gardeners have an abundance of these fresh vegetables. Zucchini is a variety of summer squash, grown now in local gardens and also found year-round in the grocery store. They are best picked when ...read more